A popular uprising as a game changer? Somalia’s fight against…

A popular uprising as a game changer? Somalia’s fight against…

ByRené BrosiusDec 23, 20229 min read

In the shadow of world political events, one of the biggest offensives against terror in over a decade and a…

Gender Mainstreaming in African Trade: From Conceptualization to Concretization

Gender Mainstreaming in African Trade: From Conceptualization to Concretization

ByCollins C. AjiboDec 21, 20226 min read

Women play a vital role in cross-border trade in Africa and are explicitly recognized under the SDG 5 (gender equality)…

Blind hopes for children’s participation in climate change

Blind hopes for children’s participation in climate change

ByGift MaulukaDec 20, 20227 min read

The 2021/2022 rainy season in Malawi will among other things be remembered by the devastating images of houses submerged in…

Launch of the Asli-Ahmed-Award

Launch of the Asli-Ahmed-Award

ByMax ZuberDec 9, 20221 min read

On 19th November 2022, the africanlegalstudies.blog launched the Asli-Ahmed-Award in close cooperation with the Verein für Entwicklung und humanitäre Hilfe…

A study of female circumcision in Ethiopia in view of…

A study of female circumcision in Ethiopia in view of…

ByZenash KellerDec 2, 202210 min read

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Female Circumcision (FC) is a traditionally deep-rooted practice in East Africa. However, most…

Politics
Human Rights
  • Gender Mainstreaming in African Trade: From Conceptualization to Concretization
    Women play a vital role in cross-border trade in Africa and are explicitly recognized under the SDG 5 (gender equality) and Agenda 2063 of African Union (AU) that targets a prosperous and comprehensive development of Africa.[i] Again and again, women traders face diverse non-tariff barriers (NTBs) in cross-border trade ranging from customs restrictions and confiscation…
  • Blind hopes for children’s participation in climate change
    The 2021/2022 rainy season in Malawi will among other things be remembered by the devastating images of houses submerged in water, flooded rivers, and roads that have been cut off. All these stand out as effects of Tropical Storm Ana. The devastating effects of the storm led to the president declaring a state of National…
  • A study of female circumcision in Ethiopia in view of physical integrity: A human rights violation?
    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as Female Circumcision (FC) is a traditionally deep-rooted practice in East Africa. However, most countries in the world and international organisations view it as a violation of fundamental human rights, such as the right to physical integrity.Therefore, different legal frameworks trying to protect girls and women from female circumcision…
Elections
  • Electioneering Period and the LGBTQI+ Vote in Kenya
    Kenya’s general election is slowly gearing up, with the elections slated for 9th August 2022. Any electioneering period in the country has always been marred with cases of violence, and members of the LGBTQI+ community have been victims of the violence. The political environment of hostility and violence has unfortunately enabled homophobes to act on…
  • On a difficult mission – Somalia elects Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president
    COMMENT René Brosius 10 June 2022 In the evening of 8 February 2017, it was clear: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed also known as “Farmaajo” is Somalia’s 9th president. People in Mogadishu were excited, the streets were filled with joyous pedestrians that were celebrating the feeling of hope which Farmaajo represented. There was no feeling of fear,…
  • Light and Shadow in Somalia – How Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a and the Elections are Connected
    ANALYSIS René Brosius 12 November 2021 The latest news from Somalia could not be contradictory. On the one hand, the first democratic “one person, one vote” elections since 1969 took place in Puntland, the semi-autonomous state in north-eastern Somalia, on 25 October 2021; on the other hand, there was bloody fighting in central Somalia. Admittedly,…

CONSTITUTIONAL

  • Constitutionalism in a Time of Corona
    COMMENT Prof. Dr. Thoko Kaime 26 February 2021 Constitutionalism, the idea that officials must necessarily be circumscribed by institutions that restrict the exercise of state power; continues to face tremendous pressure across African jurisdictions as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the Continent. As the imperative to protect lives underlines many a government’s response, it…
  • The Right to Vote for Everyone?
    ANALYSIS Melanie Schwarzfischer 19 February 2021 In Zambia every citizen over the age of eighteen years has the right to vote, unless he or she is explicitly disqualified by Parliament (Article 75 (1) of the Constitution). However, not every citizen has equal opportunities to conduct their votes. Especially people with disabilities are disadvantaged because of…
  • Land Rights in South Africa – Constitutional Law, Apartheid and Gender Inequality
    ANALYSIS Sophie Stange 12 February 2021 In 2018, the High Court of South Africa delivered Rahube v Rahube and Others a landmark decision protecting women’s rights to equality and land ownership. On October 30, 2018 in the case of Rahube v Rahube and Others ZACC 42 the Constitutional Court upheld the Pretoria High Court’s finding…